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The NSA Isn't the Only Government Agency Destroying Your Right to Privacy


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: PATRIOT ACT, DOMESTIC SPYING, law, repealing the Patriot Act, Patriot Act, government, ethics, congress, usa, dishonesty, privacy rights )

Cal
- 362 days ago - motherjones.com
As technology surges ahead, civil liberties are left in the dust.



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John S. (304)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 4:35 am
Noted.
 

PrimaSICK B. (1278)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 7:23 am
In the past 6 months i'm extremely shocked to have found out things very easly/too easy!!!! About me and all personal. Nothing that would affect anyone else or their life, posted online related to google.

I am private and take precautions to an extreme where people think I'm ocd or weird for being as cautious as I am. All that work and what i found available only in 6 months or less to anyone is awful/it really angers me.

I don't want to be watched and I keep all my private information to myself as much as possible. I'm a boring person to watch or to read my emails.

I think It's disgusting how we HAVE lost all of our privacy!!! We have lost it all..... Not just online. Everyplace connected to a computer/the internet has too much if not all access.

TY for posting Cal.
 

Gene Jacobson (252)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 7:53 am
I remember reading 1984 and thinking it real fiction. But not so anymore. I've had my primary email account for 15 years, have thousands of emails in several hundred folders there - all considered abandoned after 6 months. But I haven't abandoned anything, not to say it couldn't use a house cleaning, but in fact it serves as a secure online backup system for me. I practice safe computing and regularly backup up my computer but know that backup programs aren't always reliable and after a pc crash in the late 90's wherein I lost a LOT of needed information, like product license keys and such, I went to online storage, now when a pc dies, I have all that at my fingertips as soon as I connect a new one. Some of the emails I have saved are treasures, from my sons both of whom have died, that I keep for sentimental reasons, others are connections to people going back nearly two decades. The idea that they are abandoned is ridiculous and yes, privacy laws need serious updating.

I do not have GPS active on my phone unless I am using it to get somewhere, but I do have apps that update automatically and I would imagine while they do that I could be found and tracked. I very much value my privacy and don't like at all that my country is turning into the new Soviet Union out of fear. But the tenor of that story sort of made me wonder if they already have the chips ready for implantation in us or if they are still developing them.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 10:48 am
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't watching you. Here I am.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 10:55 am
This is worrisome news. What country are citizens of the U.S. living in?
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 11:04 am
An ''adoption angel'' contacted me recently because it seems I have a previously-unknown half sister and she's been looking for me. It was HORRIFYING to learn how much this man knew about my life...simply by knowing how to do internet searches.

Luckily, I'm not hiding anything....but....still....CREEPY!
 

Jason R. (60)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 11:35 am
I was born in a free democratic republic. If I can't get out of here, I'll die in a nazi, fascist nation. A soldier factory for the aggression and greed of a few super wealthy, chicken hawks and their programmed sheep.
 

Jason R. (60)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 11:37 am
Oh yeah. Occupy something. The revolution is definitely not televised.
 

David Menard (43)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 12:57 pm
I agree with Jason R
 

Birgit W. (144)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 1:09 pm
Privacy? What privacy? We have none left.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 4:01 pm
Noted
 

Sheri Schongold (6)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 4:58 pm
Privacy! What is that? We sure don't have any. I am waiting for someone to say they have to live with me and my husband to find out how often we use the toilet.
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 10:50 pm
Sadly privacy is becoming more and more of an antiquated notion, a relic from the good old days if you will. Thanks Cal.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 3:56 pm
So, with all this collection of everyone's data, what gripes me to the core of my existence is the fact that the Boston bombers, Newton murderer of children, & most recent military mass murder at the Navy Yard were not foiled prior to their happenings.
I count myself as just "another regular boring American" with nothing to hide, but with an expectation of privacy. Yet, if all my data's collected for "national security reasons" along with everyone else's.....what good is this going to do? And, the fact that my taxes are paying for this illegal data collection just gets me seeing red!
 

Jason R. (60)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 4:04 pm
Great point, Lois. It looks like the NSA is just another group that is looting our economy. All part of the MIC.
 
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